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Diary of Round the World Cruise on Oriana

By Brenda and Margaret

Set off on Friday 7th January (Temp 10C). from Knutsford Services at 9.15am where we joined Eavesway Travel Coach. Sad at leaving family and friends,  but excited at seeing “Oriana” and  meeting our fellow passengers for the next 80 days.

Smooth Coach journey down arriving in Southampton at 14.15pm, delayed while we boarded, but remained seated on coach.    Boarded at 15.30pm.  

Left Southampton at 6.15pm with all the trimmings, Brass Band playing, streamers, and Champagne, a wonderful feeling of euphoria and of wonderful things to come.   Dinner first sitting @ 6.30pm in Oriental Restaurant, Table 52.   Afterwards had our champagne in cabin, lit by candlelight very romantic.

Saturday.8th January (Temp. 10C).   Hit by severe gale force 11 between 0300 and 0400 heavy swell, the ships creaks and moans like an old tub, sleep and rest are impossible – ship rolling all the time.   Looks like we will have to miss Azores as Oriana has had to be slowed down.   Ship clocks to go back one hour tonight.  Lovely cabaret show in theatre in evening.

Sunday, 9th January     (Temp. 14C).    The storm is even worse.   Hard to walk, not allowed on decks for safety reasons.   A great many people are sick, luckily the four of us are OK and settling down to life on “Oriana”. Lovely song and dance show in evening.   Afterwards went to Ball Dancing.    Formal night - all dressed up and photographed.    Makes us all feel good, making the most of our time on Oriana amid surroundings and comfort of this wonderful ship.

Monday 10th January  (Temp. 17C) A better day windy but sunny.   Able to get out on deck.    So fresh after being inside, Lovely to explore the outside of “Oriana”.    Went to Spa, Jacuzzi and Sauna.   Brenda booked a Body Measurement and Metabolism check for Thursday.   Went to Cinema after lunch.   Still choppy so sunbathing out of the question.    Lovely dinners every night.   Had a walk on Promenade deck.    Another cabaret show in evening.    Clocks went back again during night.

Tuesday 11th January   (Temp. 19C). Invitation to Captains Lunch for tomorrow.   Weather settled but still breezy though sunny.   Lazy day,  House full for Marilyn Monroe lecture so promenaded and sat around Sun Deck, reading and snoozing.    Another fantastic cabaret show after dinner on “Red Hot and Fosse”.   We have met some very mice people on board and spend our on deck time nattering with them and enjoying their company.    We have two very elegant ladies on our dinner table, both have lived in South Africa for many years, but now reside in the south of England.   They enhance our table each evening with their company and chatter.

Wednesday, 12th January    (Temp. 22C).    Breakfast on deck.   Lovely weather.    At 11.00 am Captain announced an Emergency to Crew.   We had lost all power and electrics.   Becalmed in lovely still and sunlit sea.    No lights except emergency lighting, no water.   No food could be cooked but we had drinks and a barbecue on deck.    Crisis over by 2.45pm.    Our lunch with Captain postponed until Friday.   After dinner (free wine with meal because of emergency) we went to theatre to see Pam Ayres but air conditioning still faulty so very hot.   We went on deck until 10.00pm.   One drink in Crow’s Nest, air conditioning back on before bedtime.   The comfort and atmosphere on “Oriana” is excellent, the surroundings and ambience make us all feel very rich indeed.

Thursday, 13th January     (Temp. 25C).   Another breakfast on deck.   Sunbathed and went into Jacuzzi on deck, while Ian went in Swimming Pool.   Lunch also in open air on deck.   I went for B.M.R. assessment.   Read in afternoon, then did a mile on promenade deck.   After dinner went to Cinema to see “Cold Mountain” with Nicole Kidman.    The food and service is of such a high standard that we will all end up like The Roly-Polies.

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